Tack Another $2,400 Onto Vito Lopez's (Taxpayer-Funded) Pervy-ness Tab

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The taxpayer-funded tab to sweep allegations of sexual harassment by disgraced Brooklyn Assemblyman Vito Lopez under the rug is even bigger than originally anticipated, according to records released yesterday.

In addition to the $103,000 Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver -- et al -- agreed to pay Lopez's accusers, an additional $2,400 in taxpayer coin was shelled out to pay for mediation sessions among Lopez, the alleged victims, and the Assembly.

Lopez and his accusers also dished out $2,400 each to California-based mediation specialists JAMS Inc. when the parties couldn't agree on an appropriate settlement to keep the allegations hush-hush.

Further reading on Lopez's pervy-ness:

Vito Lopez In Sex And The Assembly: How To Sweep A Scandal Under The Rug

Ladies, Assemblyman Vito Lopez Would Prefer You Not Wear A Bra To Work

Vito Lopez's Pervy-ness Cost Taxpayers $103,000 -- Thanks To Shelly Silver

Gloria Allred, NOW Have Shelly Silver In Sights Over Hush Money

Here's The Letter Shelly Silver Sent Assemblyman Vito Lopez


Lopez's pervy-ness includes -- but is not exclusive to -- his allegedly groping several young female staffers, putting his hands up one of their skirts, and requesting that several of his employees not wear bras to work.

Initial allegations were settled earlier this year for more than $130,000 -- the majority of which was paid for by taxpayers in a settlement deal approved by Lopez's pal Silver.

Those initial allegations probably would have remained under the rug, but Lopez couldn't keep his hands to himself -- even after costing his constituents more than $100,000, he allegedly groped two more women just weeks after the settlement for the initial claims was approved.

The allegations -- and how they were handled by legislative leaders -- have led to widespread criticism of Lopez and Silver, with some members of the powerful Dems' own party calling for their resignations.

Both men, however, have vowed to remain in the Assembly -- even as the state's ethics panel investigates the allegations and the coverup.
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Lefty416
Lefty416

While Vitto Lopez appears to be in trouble over the sexual predatory behavior, some people believe its the tip of the iceberg or his friends are using it as a smoke screen. V.Lopez is the subject of Far more serious crimes by the fed's.  Question is, will the fed's come after him in an election year while he is percieved as a political asset?

Benedictine
Benedictine

The fact that in 2008 Sheldon Silver got a New York Court to say that this kind of use of taxpayer money was not illegal (big surprise) just goes to show that Mr. Silver was well aware that this was not the right thing to do in the Lopez case.

Mr. Lopez is a serial sex offender, Sheldon Silver is his enabler, and we have to pay for it? People who don't live in Sheldon Silver's district can vote for him. None of our craven elected officials are even stepping up to condemn this situation, let alone fix it. I believe this is the most corrupt, backward, dysfunctional state in the whole country.

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